Acappella Ministries News

Living, Active, Breathing Word of God

How are the Scriptures presented in your assemblies? When people are assigned to read passages to the congregation, do they prepare and present the Word with passion? We enjoyed an area-wide singing at the Park Plaza Church in Tulsa. After hearing some of the most inspiring singing ever, I was […]

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North To Alaska

I’ve visited the beautiful state of Alaska many times, but haven’t visited Fairbanks. Next year, I’m scheduled to lead worship for the Alaska Statewide Lectureship, preceded by a Praise & Harmony Workshop in Fairbanks. To read more about this year’s Lectureship, check out this article in the Christian Chronicle. We […]

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Lift Every Voice

“Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.” – Psalm 150:6 Professional music has been a major focus of my life.  A career of creating beautiful harmonies through a cappella music required developing an ear for pleasing, quality sounds.  It’s no surprise that churches seek out worship leaders who possess […]

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Leading Singing without Overpowering

One of the first things that song leaders learn is the reality that churches naturally drag the tempo. Countless well-intentioned song leaders start strong, only to immediately be drawn into an ever-slowing pull of the congregation, causing us to wonder who is actually leading – – the song leader or […]

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The Beauty of A cappella Music

Countless times I’ve heard the question, “Aren’t you the group who prefers worship without music?”   Without “music”?  I understand what they mean, but I’m reminded again of the incomparable beauty of vocal “music.” This common question makes me appreciate the repeated choice of words by an instrumentalist who was […]

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Lively Praise in Laurel, Maryland

The Laurel Church is certainly alive with praise as they prioritize worship and the introducing of new songs. No congregation that we have worked with through Praise & Harmony Workshops has learned more songs than this church. “Some think singing is for singers.  Singing is for believers!” declared Michael Ray, preaching […]

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Mobilizing Praise in Mansfield, Texas

It was our second Praise & Harmony Workshop in Mansfield, Texas, building upon the momentum of the previous year’s weekend experience.  Here are some of the many things that the Mansfield Church covered very well: 1. The church mobilized all their members to understand the value of participation. 2. Through […]

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Area-Wide Worship in Lubbock, Texas

The Lubbock Civic Center was packed to the point of standing room only as churches joined together on a beautiful Sunday evening. When the singing began, I was reminded of and transported to similar moments of unity, worship and harmony enjoyed in places like the Tulsa Fairgrounds Pavilion, Pepperdine’s Firestone […]

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Beyond Vicarious Worship

Vicarious adjective: “Experienced in the imagination through the feelings or actions of another person.” Recently a friend shared something very special with me. He has a family member whose singing voice can only be described as discordant, lacking all qualities of what most would call “beautiful.” This family member sings out […]

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Marble Falls Raises the Bar for Praise and Harmony

Our first Praise & Harmony Workshop for the year was hosted by the Marble Falls, TX Church, who set the bar high for successful workshops. Photos by Britni Brock Here is what the Marble Falls Church did well: 1. They taught the assigned arrangements of the songs to the church […]

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